Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Red Rock Canyon

Yesterday we headed out to Red Rock Canyon. Once you get there, they have a 13 mile (20 km) scenic drive on a one way road. Cost is $7 per car and there are various parking areas along the way with lots of hiking trails and rock climbing.

We stopped at the visitors center and picked up a free trail guide. The area was a lot busier than we thought it would be on a Tuesday morning and we decided on a 5 mile (8 km) hike up Turtlehead Mountain that was rated "strenuous". We figured this trail would be less busy, and it ended up being just right.

Ruth looking at the rocks.

The mountain we are about to climb!

Interesting rock formations.

2.5 miles (4 kms) to the top, and an elevation gain of 2,000 feet!

Uphill, every step of the way!

Made it to the top. Took us two hours, but we stopped quite a few times to rest and enjoy the views.

If you look closely you can see the car park area where we started from.

Heading back down.

Nice scenery.

We had a really good hike, so thanks to those of you who suggested we go there! Made it back to our couchsurfing hosts Mike and Carol, where Ruth made a big pot of jumbalaya for supper as a thank you to our hosts. It was delicious!

We're heading back to Mexico this afternoon. Had a great week in Vegas!

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful hike. With my back as it is, we may have to opt for an easier trail. That one looks so awesome though! Safe travels to Mexico. ~wheresweaver

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  2. See you soon! Glad you had a good time.

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  3. A wonderful area to see and a strenuous hike, but looks very worthwhile. Have a good flight back to Mexico.

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  4. butterbean carpenterMarch 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Howdy R&K,

    Thanks, for the hike and tour.. Hurry back to Mexico so we can relax...

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  5. Brings back great memories, we really like the canyon.

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  6. Love the header picture of you two! Looks like a trail I'd like. I like to get the uphill out of the way so I can look forward to the downhill!! Beautiful colors.

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  7. Glad you liked Red Rock - we love that place! Love your header pic, too - so awesome!

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  8. What a spectacular view!

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  9. Glad you got to enjoy that area. It is still spring break time and I think that is why so many areas are busy. We have seen lots of families here at the Grand Canyon that are here on spring break.

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